Roaring Run Natural Area: Hillside Trail

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Roaring Run Natural Area: Hillside Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Champion, PA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles 169 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

wildlife

over grown

The Hillside Trail is a 1.3 mile point-to-point trail in the Roaring Run Natural Area section of Forbes State Forest near Donegal, PA. The trail is rated as demanding because it is narrow and overgrown and because of a significant elevation change. The Hillside trail is primarily a route from the lower section of Roaring Run Natural Area to the upper section. The Hillside Trail connects the Roaring Run Trail to both the McKenna Trail and Fire Tower Road. From the lower trailhead, the trail proceeds uphill in a northerly direction. At about one mile, the trail intersects a connecting trail that leads northwest to the McKenna trail. This connector is marked, but is not currently shown on the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry map of the area. After passing the connecting trail, the Hillside trail proceeds east for about 0.3 miles before ending at Fire Tower Road. Scenery along trail is typical for Roaring Run Natural Area. The trail also passes the ruins of Mt. Hope School, a small school building that was once used by the area's inhabitants.

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